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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

35 Colleges
$24,600 Avg Salary
$23,400 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Visual & Performing Arts School for You

General Visual & Performing Arts is the #142 most popular major in the country with 5,720 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 35 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

Check out the visual arts programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our 2021 rankings named Carnegie Mellon University the best school in the Middle Atlantic Region for general visual and performing arts students. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy.

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The excellent programs at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Middle Atlantic Region . BMCC is a very large public school located in the city of New York.

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Out of the 35 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the # 4 spot on the list. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park.

After completing their degree, visual arts graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $26,125. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $271, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

The excellent programs at SUNY Oneonta helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general visual and performing arts schools in the Middle Atlantic Region . SUNY Oneonta is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Oneonta.

The average amount in student loans that visual arts majors at SUNY Oneonta take out is $20,375. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $211.

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Rochester Institute of Technology came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#7

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#8

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general visual and performing arts programs. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona did quite well on this year’s best schools for general visual and performing arts students. Located in the small city of Altoona, Penn State Altoona is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that visual arts majors at Penn State Altoona take out is $26,125. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $271, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University ranked #10 on this year’s Best General Visual & Performing Arts Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Best General Visual & Performing Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best general visual and performing arts colleges for a specific state in the Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 675
Pennsylvania 176
Maryland 102
New Jersey 142
District of Columbia 17
Delaware 0

One of 9 majors within the area of study, general visual and performing arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0.

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